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Resources for Using iPads in Grades 6-8

Looking for advice on integrating iPads in middle school classrooms? In this curated guide, we’ve compiled resources to help you find apps, learn about best practices, and explore ideas for engaging activities.

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How using multiple modalities to teach can help you remember student names -- and the activities are Common Core aligned.

The Art of Managing Middle School Students

Administrator Ben Johnson offers up tricks of the trade for working with middle school kids.

Projects to Engage Middle School Readers

Beth Holland turns to apps that can engage middle school readers in a deeper understanding of narrative elements, character study, and author intent.

Common Core ELA Resources for Middle School Educators

Implementing Common Core English in middle school is going to be a challenge. Matt Davis curates some of the best resources online that can help update existing content.

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Using Emojis to Teach Critical Reading Skills

Use kids’ expertise with emojis to help them analyze texts more effectively.

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A simple, no-cost video chat program motivates unruly, disengaged elementary and middle school students through relationships with high school students who demonstrate the value of education.

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While evidence suggests that action video games enhance higher-order brain functions, the violence built into most commercial titles is far from beneficial.

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Socratic Seminars: Building a Culture of Student-Led Discussion

Creating and implementing effective Socratic seminars is a multistep process that includes building a classroom community, instilling communication skills, and devising meaningful, reflective assessment protocols.

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Which app is best for coursework depends on the tasks students will perform and the skills you want them to develop.

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Celebrate National Park Centennial With a Project

For teachers who want to start the year on a celebratory note, here’s an idea that’s rich with possibilities.

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Blogger Elena Aguilar shares 20 tips to help teachers better connect with parents.

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Edutopia blogger Todd Finley examines visual literacy through the lens of the Common Core, suggesting a wealth of visual thinking routines to help students start thinking through, about and with pictures.

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6 Free Online Resources for Primary Source Documents

Edutopia blogger Monica Burns gives a quick tour of online treasure troves for primary source documents.

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Blogger Ben Johnson makes the case for forming both same-ability and mixed-ability student learning groups in the classroom. (Updated 01/2014)

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Blogger Andrew Miller offers some strategies for making the model work, including appropriate reflection, technology considerations, creating a need to know and more.

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Family and community involvement play essential roles in the success of schools, explains blogger Anne O'Brien.

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Ideas for Using Minecraft in the Classroom

Blogger Andrew Miller explores ways to bring game-based learning to the classroom using Minecraft.

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